Dr. Pam Joseph

Sydney School of Education and Social Work

Dr Pam Joseph is a lecturer in Social Work and Policy Studies, in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, teaching in the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work (Qualifying) programs. She brings a broad knowledge base and extensive practice experience in social work and nursing to her teaching and research roles. Her work is informed by complexity theory and community development approaches.

Pam’s research includes a focus on community-led disaster resilience and the impacts of climate change, with current projects in NSW and Victoria. She also explores the intersection of health and disability, and is particularly interested in processes of transition. She is currently involved in two transition-focused projects, one concerned with the experiences of people with disability who have moved to community living from large residential centres, and the other investigating models of transition care between paediatric and acute health services. Her contribution to these studies draws on her previous social work practice roles, which included: policy advice and agency liaison in the Victorian government public service; program management of a multidisciplinary team in a service for people under 25 years of age who were pregnant or parenting; and working with a community-led genetic support group to implement a new advocacy-based social work position.

Pam’s PhD thesis explored parent carers’ perspectives on their relationships with complex service systems.